work / CARAVAN SUITE 2000
Caravan Suite 2000
25cm x 25cm each
Edition of 20 plus 2 Artist Proofs
produced during an artist in residency at Bundanon Trust, Shoalhaven river.
An extract from an interview with New Zealand born artist Jake Walker over the summer of 2011/12. LINK to full interview.
"A later series of work from 2001 titled Caravan Suite highlights the progression of the practice from the Susie Cooper series. We had a few days over summer with our young son in a caravan park in Torquay, along the Great Ocean Road. During this stay I became aware of the abstract angular designs painted on the sides of the caravans. The more I looked the more engrossed I became. The forward angled stripes and forms suddenly revealed themselves as a complete formal design language. They seemed to suggest moving forward, traveling, perhaps to someplace better. In the end I must have photographed every caravan in that park. This series of work consolidated the ideas that I mentioned earlier regarding trigger points for memory, nostalgia and our shared experiences through existing abstract forms. With this series I wanted to expand upon earlier works by attempting to locate the experience as an Australian one. It is this communal memory of a beachside experience that I wanted to evoke in 'Caravan Suite' .....long hot summer days, the smell of melting bitumen, sunburn, zinc cream and endless hours in the surf. Ultimately this is not just my personal experience but one shared with many. The idea of a shared narrative is a concept I have continued to explore and develop over the past decade with various projects including 'Disney Color Project', 'Melway Project' and recently the 'Hume Highway Project'.